Matt Gilroy

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Matt Gilroy
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Born (1984-07-20) July 20, 1984 (age 34)
North Bellmore, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NL team
Former teams
SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ottawa Senators
Florida Panthers
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Spartak Moscow
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present

Matthew J. Gilroy (born July 20, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the National League (NL). Formerly, he played in National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers. He played NCAA hockey with Boston University of the Hockey East conference. Gilroy is a Hobey Baker Award winner and NCAA champion with the Terriers in his senior year; he is also a three-time All-American.

Playing career[edit]


Gilroy played youth hockey with the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club before moving on to a junior career in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) with the Walpole Jr. Stars (currently known as South Shore Kings),[1][2] Gilroy joined the college hockey ranks with Boston University of Hockey East in 2005–06. Making the team as a walk-on, he was a natural forward but was forced into the eighth defenseman position, the only available role on the team.[1] After his third college season, Gilroy attracted attention from the NHL as an undrafted free agent, but had intentions of completing his degree at Boston University.[1][3]

In his senior year, in 2008–09, he was named team captain of the Terriers and recorded a college career-high 36 points in 43 games, first among Hockey East defensemen and third in the NCAA. He went on to lead the Terriers to their third Beanpot championship in four years en route to the Frozen Four Tournament. On April 10, 2009, Gilroy was announced as the winner of the 2009 Hobey Baker Award.[4] The next day, the Terriers competed for the NCAA championship against the Miami RedHawks. Trailing 3–1 late in the third period, the Terriers rallied with two goals in the final minute to force overtime. Gilroy earned an assist on Nick Bonino's game-tying goal with 17 seconds left.[5] The Terriers won in overtime, defeating the RedHawks 4–3, making Gilroy just the fifth player to win the Hobey Baker Award and NCAA championship in the same season.[1] He was additionally given his third All-American honor, becoming just the third NCAA player to earn the distinction as many times, after Rick Meagher (1977) and Chris Drury (1998).[6]


On April 17, 2009, Gilroy signed a two-year, $3.5-million contract with the New York Rangers.[7] He had initially been linked to both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks in contract negotiations.[1]

Gilroy signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 2, 2011. During the 2011–12 season, on February 27, 2012, Gilroy was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for fellow defenseman Brian Lee at the NHL trade deadline.[8]

On October 7, 2012, with the 2012–13 NHL lockout in place, Gilroy was signed to an American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the Connecticut Whale, marking a potential return to the New York Rangers organization.[9] At the conclusion of the labor dispute, Gilroy was signed to a one-year contract with the Rangers on January 13, 2013.[10]

Gilroy was released to free agency by the Rangers in the off-season and, on July 8, 2013, was signed to a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers, his fourth NHL club.[11] In the 2013–14 season, Gilroy appeared in only 16 games with the struggling Panthers before he was reassigned to the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, for the remainder of the season.

With limited NHL interest, Gilroy opted to forgo free agency to sign his first European contract on a one-year deal with Russian club Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on June 25, 2014.[12] After one year with Atlant, and partly due to fact that Atlant would not participate in the KHL from the 2015–16 season, he signed with Spartak Moscow.

As a free agent from Finnish KHL club, Jokerit following the 2017–18 season, Gilroy opted to sign a one-year deal with Swiss club, SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the National League on May 15, 2018.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Gilroy was born in North Bellmore, New York, to Frank and Peggy Ann Gilroy. Matt Gilroy is one of eight children. His father is a member of the St. John's Basketball Hall of Fame,[3] who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.[2] He graduated in 2003 from St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, captaining the hockey team to two New York state championships.[2] In addition to hockey, Gilroy played lacrosse at St. Mary's and was named team MVP in his junior year, in addition to all-league selections in his junior and senior years.[14]

Gilroy wears the number 97 in remembrance of his deceased brother Timmy, who died as the result of a bicycle accident at eight years old. Separated by 13 months, Matt and Timmy played on the same hockey teams growing up and wore the numbers 98 and 97, respectively, in homage to Wayne Gretzky. Traditional team policy with the Boston University Terriers does not permit players to wear high numbers deemed flamboyant and self-endorsing by Head Coach Jack Parker. However, given the circumstances, Gilroy was allowed by Parker to wear 97.[3] Gilroy also has an older brother, Frank Jr., who played basketball for St. Mary's High School and St. Anselm College.[3] His younger brother, Kevin, joined Matt on the Terriers for their 2009 championship year.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Walpole Stars EJHL 55 24 29 53 20
2005–06 Boston University HE 36 2 6 8 8
2006–07 Boston University HE 39 9 17 26 14
2007–08 Boston University HE 40 6 15 21 12
2008–09 Boston University HE 45 8 29 37 12
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 69 4 11 15 23
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 5 0 4 4 4
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 58 3 8 11 14 5 1 0 1 2
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 53 2 15 17 16
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 14 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 34 6 9 15 14
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 15 0 0 0 6
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 16 1 1 2 6
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 42 10 11 21 0
2014–15 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 60 9 24 33 14
2015–16 Spartak Moscow KHL 49 6 9 15 12
2016–17 Spartak Moscow KHL 57 7 31 38 8
2017–18 Jokerit KHL 55 7 20 27 10 9 1 10 11 0
NHL totals 225 11 37 48 67 8 1 0 1 2
KHL totals 221 29 84 113 44 9 1 10 11 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WC 13th 6 3 1 4 0
2018 United States OG 7th 5 0 1 1 2
Senior totals 11 3 2 5 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 2006–07
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2006–07
All-Hockey East First Team 2007–08
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2007–08
All-Hockey East First Team 2008–09
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2008–09
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2009 [15]
Hobey Baker Award 2009


  1. ^ a b c d e "Gills in the hunt to sign U.S. college star Gilroy". The Province. 2009-04-15. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  2. ^ a b c McGran, Kevin (2009-04-07). "Gilroy grows into top prospect". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  3. ^ a b c d Vecsey, George (2009-01-22). "A Late Bloomer Sticking to His Mission". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  4. ^ Albright, David (2009-04-10). "BU rules hockey awards, Gilroy wins Hobey". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  5. ^ a b "Gilroy's BU rallies to win title in OT". 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  6. ^ "Boston University's Matt Gilroy takes best shot". Boston Herald. 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  7. ^ "Hobey Baker winner Gilroy signs two-year deal with Rangers". The Sports Network. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  8. ^ "Ottawa Senators acquire Matt Gilroy from Tampa Bay Lightning for Brian Lee". February 27, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Whale agree to terms with NHL veteran Gilroy". Connecticut Whale. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-07.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Restricted Free Agent Del Zotto agrees to terms". The Sports Network. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  11. ^ "Florida Panthers Sign C Jon Matsumoto & D Matt Gilroy". July 8, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Matt Gilroy becomes a Atlant player" (in Russian). Atlant Moscow Oblast. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  13. ^ "Lakers sign Matt Gilroy to contract" (in German). SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  14. ^ "Player Bio:Matt Gilroy". Boston University. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  15. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Porter
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
Succeeded by
Blake Geoffrion